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  • * The latest news from across Worcestershire and beyond
  • * Veteran politician Tony Benn dies, aged 88
  • * Fog hampers commuters as they travel to work
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We'll leave you with the image of the day, Tony Benn. Read the tributes from local politicians of all political persuasions in Saturday's Worcester News


Worcester News: Tony Benn


CRIMEA CRISIS: The US says it is 'deeply concerned' about the build up of Russian forces in Crimesa and on Ukraine's border while China says it will respect the will of the people of Crimea.


THREE wards at Worcestershire Royal Hospital remain closed to visitors due to an outbreak of norovirus.

The acute stroke unit, acute medical unit and Avon 3 are closed, but all other wards as well as Kidderminster Hospital and Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital are now open as normal.


A couple from Hackney have been jailed for posting vidoes on YouTube glorifying the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby. They got five years four months and 20  months respectively


Tony Benn left a message with Channel 4 to be broadcast after his death, paying tribute to his and makiing the joke that he would "check that on transmission".


Lord Windermere won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in a thrilling race from 20-1 by edging On His Own in a photo finish.


Cheltenham Festival latest: Reports that jockey Ruby Walsh has broken his arm and, not only is he out of rest of festival, he would miss the Grand National


Local Tony Benn tributes:

City Counci leader Adrian Gregson: "He was an incredible figure, he was divisive, people either agreed with him or not and I think he brought a lot of people into politics because of that."

Sir Peter Luff: "He is a big loss, I know it's become a cliché but he really is one of the last in a generation of truly great politicians."

Worcester MP Robin Walker said: "It is very sad, he was a towering figure in politics."



Bailiffs could soon be called in to seize cars, TVs and computers from benefit fraudsters under a new Government drive to deter claimants from fiddling the welfare system.


PERSHORE’S horticultural college is to get £5.8m from the Skills Funding Agency.



Former Worcester MP Mike Foster describes Tony Benn, who has died age 88, as "a major figure in the history of the Labour…
    — @Worcs_CF 14 March 2014



Skier Jade Etherington has won silver in the visually-impaired super combined in the Winter Paralympics.


Andy McManus, of Worcester, e-mailed these memories of Tony Benn to the BBC:

"I worked with Tony Benn one evening in the early 1990's when he spoke at the branch of Waterstone's in Leeds on the publication of his then, latest volume of diaries. I remember the evening so well as Tony was not only down to earth, welcoming and without the heirs and graces of so many authors, but the audience was the biggest we ever had for a visiting author."

  • What are your memories? Send them in.



Most Worcestershire's schools are good or outstanding.

Latest figures from Ofsted inspections reveal 87 per cent of the county's schools ranked as good or outstanding in the last quarter of 2013.


Prime Minister David Cameron said: "Tony Benn was a magnificent writer, speaker and campaigner. There was never a dull moment listening to him, even if you disagreed with him."

Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "Tony Benn spoke his mind and spoke up for his values. Whether you agreed with him or disagreed with him, everyone knew where he stood and what he stood for."


Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, who was in Worcester yesterday, tweeted of Tony Benn: "RIP Tony Benn, a great orator & campaigner, principled but with a streak of mischief. When he spoke his opponents always listened & learned."


England will be without one of their Twickenham heroes, prop Joe Marler, for the  clash with Italy in Rome tomorrow.  His  partner is awaiting the birth of their first child. Mako Vunipola will start at loose-head. A win and an Irish defeat to France would give England the Six Nations title.

Worcester News: Joe Marler believes England are the form side in world rugby



County Councillor Phil Grove, who has been suspended by the controlling Consdervative group, has issued a public thank you through the Worcester News to all the people who have been offering him support. He has explained why he voted against his party on proposed fire service cuts. The full letter is in today's paper.

Worcester News: Phil Grove.



As commuters struggle with fog this morning, one lane on the M5 is closed due to broken down vehicle on the southbound carriageway between J5 for the A38 (Droitwich / Wychbold) and J6 for the A449 / A4440 Warndon Way / A4538 Pershore Lane (Worcester).

Click here for a full traffic and travel round-up

Worcester News: Fog caused problems for commuters on the M5 this morning.


Worcester News: Tony Bann has died aged 88

Good morning. The country is waking up to the sad news that veteran politician Tony Benn has died aged 88.

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